How do teachers recognize and help students whose lack of confidence in their abilities is detrimental to their progression as a dancer? <P>I am currently teaching both band and ballet to the pre-high school crowd and have run into this problem. It is very frustrating, because I _know_ that the student is capable of excellent work, if only they believed they could do it. <P>Do you notice this problem in yourself or in your students? Do you try to improve the situation, or just let the students struggle through on their own? What do you do to combat this problem? <P>And thus ends my very first new topic posting.